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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. We will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year. Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region: hike through valleys awash in wild orchids, mountain aven, wild thyme, and woolly willow; make your way over layers of basalt visibly cracked and carved in the last ice age; feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Venture into the largest fjord system in the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs and visit the welcoming communities where people live close to their ancestral traditions. Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice cap learning of their bold, history-making expeditions.

19 September, 2020 to 01 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland, departing on 19 September, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 8925 GBP pp
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 2 £ 9179 GBP pp
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 3 £ 11185 GBP pp
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4 £ 12309 GBP pp
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 5 £ 13665 GBP pp
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Suite A £ 13979 GBP pp
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite A Solo £ 13979 GBP pp
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite B £ 15385 GBP pp
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite B Solo £ 15385 GBP pp
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 6 £ 15665 GBP pp
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7 £ 17385 GBP pp
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Category 1 Solo £ 17845 GBP pp
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 2 Solo £ 18355 GBP pp
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 3 Solo £ 22365 GBP pp
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4 Solo £ 24615 GBP pp
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 5 Solo £ 27325 GBP pp
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 6 Solo £ 31325 GBP pp
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7 Solo £ 34775 GBP pp
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland itinerary:

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DAY 1: Reykjavik, Iceland/Embark
Fly to Reykjavík. Explore its Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the National Museum with its Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Endurance. (L,D)
DAY 2: Latrabjarg & Flatey Island, Iceland
Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier. See the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, with a huge population of razorbills. Visit charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Exploring the Westfjords
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Crossing the Denmark Strait
Cross the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current carries the ice south. Enjoy presentations and searching for seabirds including fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns—and possibly seals and humpback whales. Our staff will be on the lookout for northern lights displays at this time of year. (B,L,D)
DAY 5-11: Exploring Scoresbysund and NE Greenland
Roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world. Weather and ice will dictate our exact route, but expect to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world –Northeast Greenland National Park. Being the end of summer, the ice will have retreated as far as it ever does, allowing us to explore the fjords, bays, nooks and crannies of this stunning coastline. We hope to see the iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, seals and whales. And the northern lights will be on show every night, conditions permitting. We will also set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on earth, with a native village at its entrance.
DAY 12: Reykjavik, Iceland/Disembark/Home
Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L)
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L)
Roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world. Weather and ice will dictate our exact route, but expect to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world –Northeast Greenland National Park. Being the end of summer, the ice will have retreated as far as it ever does, allowing us to explore the fjords, bays, nooks and crannies of this stunning coastline. We hope to see the iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, seals and whales. And the northern lights will be on show every night, conditions permitting. We will also set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on earth, with a native village at its entrance.
Cross the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current carries the ice south. Enjoy presentations and searching for seabirds including fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns—and possibly seals and humpback whales. Our staff will be on the lookout for northern lights displays at this time of year. (B,L,D)
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. (B,L,D)
Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier. See the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, with a huge population of razorbills. Visit charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland. (B,L,D)
Fly to Reykjavík. Explore its Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the National Museum with its Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Endurance. (L,D)
* = Indicative
Map for Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland
National Geographic Endurance, the ship servicing Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

National Geographic Endurance

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Passenger Capacity: 126

Built: 2018

A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

The luxury of comfort on expedition

National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. 

Comfort & convenience in every room

Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.

Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare. 

Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.

Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.

Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

• Discover the wild west coast of Iceland with its towering bird cliffs, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, quiet coves, and majestic waterfalls.

• Explore the largest national park in the world-Northeast Greenland National Park east coast’s ever-and search for polar bears, musk oxen, whales and more.

• Sail into Scoresbysund, ice permitting, the world’s largest and longest fjord system and home to a remote Inuit community.

• Learn how to capture Northern Lights displays, conditions permitting, with our National Geographic photographer by your side.
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